How to Can Peach Jam

Canning, Canning
I have lots of memories of canning as a child, some good and some not so good. I loved sitting by my mom and chatting all day while we worked. I loved eating delicious canned peaches and homemade jelly. I didn't love carrying the jars down the basement steps and having my brother trip me causing me to fall and break jars and cut myself on the glass (yes that's the brother that Julie married, he's much nicer now). As an adult I have found that it really doesn't save a lot of money to can things yourself, especially when you factor in the time spent. However, I do enjoy learning the process, practicing self reliance skills, and being able to control exactly what you put in the jars. Of…
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Canning Classes, DVD Review, Garden Planning

Canning Classes, DVD Review, Garden Planning

Canning
I often start to get the canning bug when peaches and apples start to show up in the neighborhood fruit stands. However, it doesn't hurt to think about canning in the SPRING when you can plan your gardens to best take advantage of growing your own foods that you want to harvest and use for canning later in the season. So let's talk a little about canning today and how you can get some great information and instructions if you are new to this topic :) CANNING/PRESERVATION CLASSES If you are local to Utah there is a series of classes being put on by the Utah State University Extension. It's being held in South Ogden over the next few weeks. I'm going to be attending as many of the sessions…
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Product Review: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

Canning, Canning
This year I did my canning almost exclusively with Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. They have recently put out some new instructions that I wanted to try, and I have used them enough times now that I felt like I could give an accurate review on them. So here are some of my experiences this year: How they work The Tattler lids come with a plastic "lid" and a rubber gasket. You place the gasket on the jar and then put the lid on top. Finally, you secure it with a regular jar ring. The gasket acts in a similar manner to a regular canning lid. When the jar is finished processing it will suck the lid down and make an indentation in the gasket just like it does to a…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 4: Canning

Canning, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Canning board. This board is a great place to find canning recipes and tips. Canning is one of those things it's hard to remember all the instructions and directions, so having a place you can go back to reference is very helpful! To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This is something we saved because we HAVEN'T tried it yet, and really want to try it. Curious to see what that food is? Go to the…
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How-To Video: Canning Applesauce

Canning, Videos
Halloween is almost upon us, thus canning season is about to move over to make room for BAKING season :) I was scrambling to finish up a batch of applesauce before I left on a vacation last week. I wanted to do a little video tutorial to add to the step-by-step photo instructions I put together a few years ago. Hopefully it is helpful for you if you are new to canning! How to Can Applesauce Tattler Reusable Canning Lids In the video I mentioned using reusable canning lids. I gave a more in depth review of the lids a few weeks ago in my post about canning peaches. They are awesome and I can't wait to get more. Yay!
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How to Can Peaches – Video Tutorial

How to Can Peaches – Video Tutorial

Canning, Canning, Fruits and Vegetables, Self Reliance
2 bushels of peaches, approximately 56 jars of peaches (8 batches) How to Can Peaches Last year I did a little photo/text tutorial on canning peaches. I know some people prefer to see tutorials in video format so this year when my husband and I were canning two bushels of peaches we decided to document the process on tape for you all. Enjoy! Tattler Reusable Canning Lids As mentioned in the video, I was experimenting with reusable canning lids for the first time. I removed the lid off of one jar and reused it in a later batch and it sealed just fine! Overall I was very happy with the results. I think it will take a little getting used to it is a little bit different than traditional lids…
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Is It Your Canning Season Yet? Start Planning!

Canning, Canning, Fruits and Vegetables
It's so fun having blog readers all over the country and even the world. We get to hear about what people are doing in their gardens and what fruits are coming in their area, and everyone's situation is so different. We know a lot of you will have canning season coming up shortly, so start planning now so you can be ready if you see something come on sale! There was a time where neither of us thought that we had the time, energy, knowledge, or desire to learn how to can. I finally broke down and begged my mom to give me instructions on how to make her strawberry jam when she moved out of state from me for two years and I couldn't steal from her supply. When…
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How to Pressure Can Chicken

Canning, Self Reliance
Depending on where you are in your food storage journey, you may or may not have considered adding canned meats into your storage plans. When I started to work on my three month supply, I realized there were very few meals in my regular cooking that are purely shelf stable. It seemed boring to just have chili or spaghetti for every meal in my plan, and I wasn't getting all of the benefits of stocking up on my regular foods. I decided I would count freezer foods in my three month supply planning, and that helped a little bit. But over time, especially as I've gotten more comfortable with powerless cooking, I've realized that I would really like to have some better shelf stable meal options just in case of…
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Pressure Canners vs Pressure Cookers (Cooking Mysteries Solved!)

Canning, Pressure Cookers / Canners
If you are a Facebook friend of ours you may have seen us posting occasionally about using our pressure cookers or canning meat. Inevitably the question gets asked "What's the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure canner?" Don't worry, two years ago we didn't know either!!! I've answered a few of our most commonly asked questions in this short video that should help take the mystery out of pressure cooking and pressure canning for you.  In case you can't view the video, try clicking here or read the summary below. (I go into more detail in the info below as well) What is a pressure cooker? A pressure cooker is a tightly sealed pot that uses steam under pressure to cook foods very quickly. It is extremely useful…
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How to Pressure Can Ground Beef

Canning, Self Reliance
Since Julie put the "pressure" on for me to teach everyone about canning your own meat at the end of her post last week ... here is a little intro to pressure canning for you! For those of you who have followed our blog and our facebook page for a while, you may know that I tend to procrastinate on trying new things. I had my pressure cooker for almost a year before I got brave enough to try it (see why I love it so much now here, here, and here). Well I won't tell you how long I have had my pressure canner (*ahem* Grandma Lori bought it for me for Christmas last year *ahem*) ... but I finally got brave enough to try it! Ground beef was…
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